If food scraps could talk, they'd tell us there's no stopping New York recyclers, who are breaking records in the dead of winter at our Greenmarket food scrap collections! If your dedication to composting is any indication, you may appreciate the opportunity this month to finish sewing and mending projects, donate perfectly good but unwanted items, plan a rat-unfriendly compost system and shred your pile of sensitive documents. Read on for upcoming free events.

What about...CHILDREN'S ITEMS?

With the post-holiday haze lifting and cabin fever setting in, many of us are wondering what to do with children's items bursting out of closets and drawers. Items in good condition can be sold, donated to those in need, or simply passed on to friends and neighbors who can put them to good use. Find reuse resources at NYCWasteLess and check GrowNYC's Stop 'N' Swap® schedule for an easy way to drop off portable items for others to take home. While reuse is preferred, many plastic toys can now also go in your recycling bin (be sure to remove batteries, and check recycling rules here). Clothing and linens that are usable or not, are accepted at many Greenmarkets for reuse or recycling.
Return Your Fur to the Wild

Wondering what to do with that fur coat you inherited? You can send it back to the wild, so to speak, by donating it to wildlife rehabilitation centers throughout the US. Between now and Earth Day (April 22), Buffalo Exchange stores will be accepting donations of real furs at all NYC locations. Learn more at www.coatsforcubs.com.
Greenmarket Food Scrap Collection Soldiers on through Winter

There seems to be no stopping a dedicated NYC composter! Despite the frigid temperatures, diversion of food scraps through the GrowNYC & DSNY Food Scrap Compost Program is up 25% over this time last year. And if there was a gold medal for packing and schlepping banana peels and coffee grounds, it would surely go to shoppers at Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket, who dropped off 6,358 pounds last week, filling 95 of our boxes and setting an all-time record-in the middle of winter! Drop off food scraps for composting at 19 of our year-round Greenmarkets.
Upcoming Events
Rats! A Workshop for Urban Gardeners and Community Composters 
Saturday, February 15, 1pm-3pm
New York Botanical Garden
Watson Education Building Rm 102 2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx
Featuring pest-control expert Caroline Bragdon from the NYC Department of Health, this rat-abatement training focuses on the biology, behavior, and habitat of rodents and how urban gardeners and composters can prevent, detect, and respond to infestations. Registration required; e-mail compost@nybg.org or call the NYC Compost Project in the Bronx at 718-817-8543.
Shred-A-Thon - Upper East Side
Saturday, February 15, 10am-2pm
curbside at the 82nd St Greenmarket b/t 1st & York
Bring confidential documents to be shred and recycled, free! Please remove paper clips and spiral bindings. Hosted by Upper Green Side with funding from Council Member Dan Garodnick.
Fixers Collective Mending Session
Thursday, February 20, 7pm-9pm
Proteus Gowanus
543 Union St at Nevins St, Brooklyn
A social experiment in improvisational fixing and mending. Bring your broken thing and place it on the fixing table for collective consideration. The assembled group will share ideas and techniques for repairing, mending, enhancing or repurposing the objects before us. A $5 donation per object is requested. Learn more.
Sewing Workshop and Free Store
Saturday, February 22, 1:30pm-4pm
Flatbush Reformed Church
890 Flatbush Ave at Church Ave, Brooklyn
Learn and improve your sewing skills on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month. Bring a garment or two that need to be repaired, updated, or re-purposed and get help with ideas and instructions. Now in conjunction with a Free Store: if you have perfectly good appliances, clothing, books, etc, you can drop them off, as well as pick up some new-used things. Hosted by Flatbush Mutual Aid.
Stop 'N' Swap® - Bay Ridge
Sunday, February 23, 12pm-3pm
Bay Ridge Jewish Center
80-25 4th Ave, Brooklyn (near the 77th St R station)
Bring clean, reusable, portable items such as clothing, house wares, games, books, & toys that you no longer need, and take home something new-to-you, free! You don't have to bring something to take something. No furniture or large items, please. Learn more at www.grownyc.org/swap.
GrowNYC's OFFICE OF RECYCLING OUTREACH & EDUCATION (OROE) works to improve the City's recycling rate by educating residents about recycling and waste prevention, and working with landlords to make sure building recycling programs are adequate. Our free services include apartment building recycling audits, trainings for tenants and supers, community events centered on education and special collection programs for textiles, electronics, and compost. OROE's current intensive efforts target one-quarter of New York City's residents. Our five borough-wide coordinators work on a community-by-community basis to identify and address the specific challenges to recycling within a Community District. For more information visit www.grownyc.org or call 212-788-7964.   
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